Before Surgery

There are a few important things that you need to know in preparation for your surgery. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the surgery center or your physician for clarification.

If your physician asked you to have a history & physical, any lab work or any other testing prior to surgery, please complete that as soon as possible to avoid having to delay surgery.

  • It is important that you do not eat or drink anything, including water, mints or gum, after midnight the day of your surgery. You may brush your teeth but be careful not to swallow any water.
  • Do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed to do so by your physician or a member of the surgery center's staff. If you are taking medication to control diabetes, blood pressure or a heart condition, obtain specific instructions from your physician prior to your scheduled surgery.
  • Refrain from smoking after midnight the day of your surgery.
  • Bathe or shower with an antibacterial soap the morning of your surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Do not apply makeup, body oils or lotion.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to make it easy for you to redress after your procedure. Do not wear clothing that will place unnecessary pressure on surgical sites. Loose fitting items that will easily fit over bandages or surgical dressings work best.
  • Wear low heeled, sensible shoes that you are comfortable walking in because you may feel a little unsteady on your feet following surgery.
  •  If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping during surgery.
  • Leave jewelry and other valuables at home.